12/19/2002 - Editors of Test & Measurement World recently selected the NI PXI-5660 2.7 GHz RF signal analyzer from National Instruments as a Best in Test 2002 finalist for Test Product of the Year 2002.
In addition, editors recognized the new NI PXI-4070 FlexDMM as a Best in Test 2002 honorable mention. Both of these new PXI products expand the power of virtual instrumentation and enable test engineers to acquire, analyze, and present signals with up to 6½ -digits of resolution and frequencies up to 2.7 GHz using industry-standard computers.
"Each year, technical editors at Test & Measurement World choose a handful of products we feel are particularly innovative or useful," said Larry Maloney, vice president, publisher and editorial director of Test & Measurement World. "We selected the RF signal analyzer because this compact 3U PXI instrument incorporates a 14-bit RF digitizer with better than 80 dB dynamic range to perform the gamut of RF power and frequency measurements."
Test engineers can perform RF measurements up to 200 times faster than before with the National Instruments PXI-5660 RF signal analyzer. The measurement throughput of the RF signal analyzer makes it ideal for any demanding RF production environment. Its software-defined measurement capabilites and integration with the PXI platform make it the best choice for unique measurements in applications ranging from consumer electronics to avionics, satellite and missile testing. The included Spectral Measurement Toolkit (SMT) for NI LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI provides common measurements such as power spectrum, peak power and frequency, power-in-band, adjacent channel power and occupied bandwidth.
The NI FlexDMM shatters traditional DMM speed barriers and extends the acquisition capabilities of virtual instrumentation to 6½ digits. It achieves remarkable throughput rates while maintaining precision and stable measurement accuracy. The speed, accuracy and functionality of the FlexDMM make it ideal for the most demanding automated test and validation applications both on the production floor and in research and development laboratories. This combination of speed and accuracy was previously available only with higher resolution DMMs costing thousands of dollars more.
"The RF analyzer and FlexDMM show the unique capabilities of the modular PXI platform and virtual instrumentation," said John Graff, NI vice president of marketing. "Customers have successfully integrated these products in systems that have delivered significant performance gains at a much lower cost."
Test & Measurement World publishes its list of Best in Test products in December and asks readers to vote for the Test Product of the Year. Readers must return ballots by Feb. 14, 2003. The results will be announced in the spring of 2003.
About National Instruments
For more than 26 years, National Instruments has revolutionized the way engineers and scientists work by delivering virtual instrumentation solutions built on rapidly advancing commercial technologies, including industry-standard computers and the Internet. NI increases productivity for customers worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition and instrumentation. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in more than 60 countries around the world. For the past three consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
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